Publishers are terrified of simultaneous releases. Their contracts are saddled with non-compete clauses that prevent authors from “publishing too many books.” Meanwhile, readers are clamoring for more. And most authors can write quicker than they are allowed. This is a policy that helps absolutely no one and hurts absolutely everyone, publishers included.
If more business majors worked in publishing houses, they would know that four gas stations at the same intersection all make more money than the same four stations spread across town. Lowe’s goes up down the road from Home Depot. There’s spillover. And you know what part of town is a great place to get gas.
Here’s a case study for the ridiculousness of non-compete clauses. My novel SAND released on Saturday. My Kindle Worlds fan fic story PEACE IN AMBER hit today. No major publisher would do this. They would sue an author for doing this.
SAND is a mere $5.99 for a full-length novel, full of original artwork from Ben Adams and graced with a sublime cover from Jason Gurley.
PEACE IN AMBER is a mere $1.99, and it’s the first time I’ve tackled the difficult task of writing about my 9/11 experiences.
Both are currently #1 in their respective categories on Amazon.
This makes me happy, less because of the success of these works and more because you have spoken. You are speaking right now. The publishers are wrong. You are looking for something to read, more than just one thing. And you’re happy not to have to drive clear across town to get it.